England U19s rue Grace Road washout
England were well placed to beat Ireland when rain washed out the first of two 50-over games between the under-19 sides at Grace Road.
The hosts shared the wickets around in restricting their opponents 94 all out in 38.4 overs. Essex seamer Reece Topley was the pick of an extremely economical attack with 1-13 from seven overs.
Following Graeme McCarter’s excellent early run-out of Alex Davies, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Ben Foakes steered England to 22 for one from 4.1 overs when rain ended proceedings; the former had 13 and the latter eight.
The torrential downpours left the outfield saturated and meant Friday's encounter between the sides will have to be played at a new - but as yet undetermined - venue.
Home captain Adam Ball today capitalised on winning the toss by having Robin Kelly lbw and snaring Jason van der Merwe for a duck in consecutive overs.
Opener Ryan Hunter briefly prospered but was caught behind for 25 off Craig Overton, after which Shozair Ali and Aneesh Kapil respectively removed Andy McBrine for 11 and Tyrone Kane for nought.
Sam Wood accounted for Shane Getkate and Topley for Ireland skipper George Dockrell before Tom Knight trapped Barry McCarth in front for 15 and bowled Adam Coughlan either side of Kapil having McCarter caught behind - Foakes taking his fourth dismissal.